Kentucky’s teachers union falling out of alignment with own national union members

A New York Times article says it plainly. While teachers’ unions across the country are starting to align with parents and conservatives to fight what they say is excessive testing in schools, the Times writes: “In Kentucky, where the education commissioner has said parents do not have the right to opt their children out of…

Claim: Kentucky Students With More Exposure To Common Core Standards Learn Faster – Really?

Do Kentucky’s students with more exposure to Common Core really learn faster? This question arose thanks to a recent Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded report from the American Institutes for Research (AIR). That AIR report cites supposed “faster progress in learning” of students in Kentucky following the state’s changeover to the use of Common…

Education Program Reviews: What will state leaders do?

I first wrote about problems with new additions to Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program – known as the “Program Reviews” – some time ago. These problematic additions are self-scored by schools and thus are ripe for inflation in the same way Kentucky’s old Writing Portfolio element in the now defunct Commonwealth Accountability Testing System…